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January 30, 2010

Feb. 6 Berlin WI THC EXPO hopes to help heal hurting economy and patients

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, January 30, 2010

Below is my latest Madison NORML Examiner article, which you can also read with all photos and links here.

Feb. 6 Berlin WI THC EXPO hopes to help heal hurting economy and patients

BERLIN: On Saturday, February 6, 2010, as the community rallies together in momentum for National Medical Marijuana Awareness Week, the Berlin Wisconsin Public Library will house supporters of hemp and medical marijuana as various organizations come together to put on an expo style event showcasing the cannabis plant, The T.H.C. Expo (Talking Hemp & Cannabis) will run from 12:00pm-3:00pm in the Berlin Public Library, located at 121 W. Park Ave., Berlin.

This region was once a leader in Wisconsin hemp cultivation. Today, the feral hemp plants growing along roadways or on old farmsteads are the only remnants of an era when farmers benefited greatly from hemp cultivation. Berlin's THC Expo will not only examine the history and potential future role of hemp in the local and state economy, but also delve deeply into the medical use of cannabis and current legislation before the Wisconsin Legislature regarding both medical cannabis and hemp.

Organizer Jay Selthofner promises the T.H.C. EXPO, will "openly and honestly discuss this misunderstood plant". In a recent interview, Selthofner told Madison NORML Examiner, "The driving force behind the expo is the community who supports hemp and medical marijuana, and the cost to bring this event together was donated by the people of the district."

Berlin is in the state legislative districts represented by State Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and State Assembly Rep. Joan Ballweg (R- Markesan). As of this writing, neither lawmaker has yet taken a formal position on the bill, despite what local activists call "a ton of constituent letters, phone calls, emails, Capitol office visits, and in the case of Sen. Olsen, not one but two public listening sessions".

The Expo will also include representatives of organizations including Is My Medicine Legal Yet? (IMMLY), Wisconsin NORML, Madison NORML, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), MJ2 Media, American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (WI-ACLU), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and Wisconsin Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access (WIVMMA).

IMMLY Founder Jacki Rickert, namesake of the Wisconsin medical cannabis bill is expected to be in attendance along with state and regional activists including Gary Storck, Ben Masel, Teresa Shepherd, LEAP's James Gierach and others.

For more info: List of qualifying medical conditions included in the JRMMA. Jacki Rickert MMJ Act Hearing Recap & Action Alert. Report on Jan. 20 Mary Powers Memorial and JRMMA Lobby Day. For additional details on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, info on the Dec. 15, 2010 combined Health committee hearing, bill text and status, how to donate, all the latest news and how you can help, visit JRMMA.org, IMMLY.org or MadisonNORML.org. Visit my Madison NORML Examiner articles archive. Photos courtesy IMMLY/WI NORML and friends except where otherwise noted. Photo of Berlin Library courtesy Berlin Library http://www.berlinlibrary.org/. Photo of Rep. Ballweg courtesy WI State Legislature.

To read entire original article with links and photos: (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-30194-Madison-NORML-Examiner~y2010m1d29-Feb-6-THC-Expo-to-bring-Hemp-back-to-Berlin-WI)


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January 27, 2010

The timelessness of Wisconsin's out of touch state lawmakers

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Gov. Jim Doyle did not mention medical cannabis in his "State of the State" (SOTS) Address to a joint session of the state legislature Tuesday night. Medical cannabis supporters have had a presence at the SOTS dating back to the early 1990's when Tommy Thompson had only been governor 6 or 7 years, and we'll likely be there in 2011. Just as timeless as our presence at the SOTS is the lack of movement session after session after session.

Patients are looking to lawmakers to get it together and pass, This Bill, This Time! Let us hope they do not fail us again!

Sent to the Wausau Daily Herald 01/23/10. No confirmation or publication as of 01/26/10. -- GS

Six years ago today (1/23/04), I had a letter published in the Wausau Daily Herald, "Support medical marijuana bill," in which I noted that then-Rep. Gregg Underheim (R-Oshkosh), then chair of the Assembly Health Committee, planned to introduce medical marijuana legislation.

The letter contained this timeless passage, which sadly applies equally well today as it did in 2004: “Failing to pass this bill this session means that suffering Wisconsinites who can benefit from medicinal cannabis will have to continue to choose between breaking the law or going without and suffering needlessly for another two years. Many will not live that long; some will die today.”

Can anyone begin to comprehend how many people have died in Wisconsin just from multiple sclerosis in those six years? How about cancer, AIDS, muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s? This session we have a better bill, AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA), sponsored by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee). The JRMMA is named after a Wisconsin woman who was approved for a small federal medical marijuana program 20 years ago, but never supplied. Jacki led a 210-mile weeklong wheelchair “Journey for Justice” from Mondovi to the Capitol in Madison in 1997.

Wisconsin’s state motto is supposed to be “Forward”, but while patients in 14 other states now have this therapy legally available, our state seems to be stuck in something like that movie, “Groundhog Day”, but instead of Bill Murray, it's seriously ill patients like Jacki Rickert going to sleep thinking things might change, but instead waking up screaming in pain asking, “Is My Medicine Legal YET?”

Medical marijuana has long had overwhelming public support in Wisconsin. A new nationwide poll found not only 81% support, but also 75% among Republicans. While Rep. Underheim, a Republican, sponsored a bill six years ago, this session, not one Republican has yet announced support for the JRMMA. This can only mean that 75% of Wisconsin’s Republican lawmakers are at odds with the views of the people they claim to represent. Please contact your legislators and make sure they know that their support on the JRMMA means your support this fall. To find out who represents you visit Who Are My Legislators? http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx or call the Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 800-362-9472 (M-F 8:15a-4:45p).


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January 23, 2010

Smokin' Medical Cannabis Benefit at High Noon Saloon Sunday Jan. 24!

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, January 23, 2010

IMMLY/Madison NORML is having a Jacki Rickert MMJ Act Benefit Show Sunday Jan. 24, 2010. Here is a text version of my Madison NORML Examiner blog article about the event!

Smokin' Medical Cannabis Benefit at High Noon Saloon Sunday Jan. 24!

MADISON: Sunday's Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act Benefit Show at the High Noon Saloon has taken on added urgency as supporters step up efforts to move the JRMMA as the legislative session progresses.

The grassroots effort behind the bill took a huge step forward with the Jan. 20 Memorial for Mary Powers and JRMMA Lobby Day at the Capitol.The moving tribute to the beloved late activist Mary Powers included Ojibwe singer Al Baker performing traditional music and drumming, Jacki Rickert and other activists speaking, as well as Rick Harris performing his song, the Wisconsin medical cannabis anthem inspired by Jacki, "Legal Medicine Blues" in the Wisconsin State Capitol for the first time. A webcast of the entire one-hour Memorial can be viewed here.

The benefit comes at a critical time. With the JRMMA still in committee in late January, state medical cannabis supporters are playing offense. Television ads are now in the works, and funds from the benefit will go towards having these broadcast as soon as they are ready. Please join us, if only long enough to drop off a donation to get this effort rolling strong!

The event runs from 3-7:30pm on Jan. 24 at the High Noon Saloon at 701 East Washington Avenue on Madison's East Side just a few blocks east of the State Capitol (at Blount St.). Local favorites Boo Bradley will kick off the festivities at 3:15. After a 4:20 Announcement/Speech break, Madison area musician David Sewell, often found playing outside the Willy St. Coop, will play a short solo set of acoustic country, bluegrass and delta blues music

Jacob Green from Milwaukee will also be performing his brand of outlaw-folk-rock from 5-6, and the Fox Valley rockers Ifdakar will headline and close out the event in the 6-7pm slot.

Full Schedule: 3:15-4:15: Boo Bradley 4:20: 4:20 announcement and a update on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act 4:30-5: David Sewell 5-6: Jacob Green 6-7: Ifdakar

Full Article including links:
(http://www.examiner.com/x-30194-Madison-NORML-Examiner~y2010m1d23-Smokin-Medical-Cannabis-Benefit-at-High-Noon-Saloon-Sunday-Jan-24)

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January 21, 2010

Madison NORML Examiner: Wisconsin medical cannabis supporters go on the offensive

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, January 21, 2010

This was originally posted on my Madison NORML Examiner blog earlier today. You can view the original posting complete with pictures, links and video Click HERE.

MADISON: Hundreds of medical cannabis patients and supporters flocked to the Wisconsin State Capital for a Memorial for the late medical marijuana patient-activist Mary Powers, then visited their legislator’s offices to lobby for the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. Hundreds more emailed or called from home.

The Memorial brought a diverse group of Wisconsinites to the Capitol, and included music from Native American traditional singer and drummer, Al Baker and singer songwriter Rick Harris. Harris played his song, “Legal Medicine Blues”, that Jacki Rickert’s quiet heroism inspired him to write 9 years ago.. Baker’s beautiful and haunting singing and drumming moved many as it echoed about the Capitol.

Mary's family was in attendance, Medical marijuana patients Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck and Teresa Shepherd spoke, as well as Wisconsin Veterans for Medical Marijuana’s Charles Wachtel and Mary Powers’ care provider Sherry, who cared for Mary in her last months and was present when she passed.

Ignoring the pleas of people in pain is something very un-Wisconsinlike. Is our state’s motto not “Forward”? Medical marijuana will be passed some day. Making patients wait means that in the end, more people will have suffered and died in pain unnecessarily because of the bigotry and cowardice of a small handful of Luddites. How many more Memorial Days will it take for state legislators to wake up and listen?

If the JRMMA fails to move this session, constituents will expect lawmakers to explain why it did not happen or why they refused to support it, when they contact voters to ask for their support this fall. There is a collision coming. Legislators will be expected to justify the delay. The best way to avoid this certain collision is to do the right thing and move the JRMMA to passage now. For that to happen, state lawmakers need to find the political courage to listen and do what their constituents are asking, not what the State Medical Society is asking, not what the pharmaceutical lobby is demanding, and not what the Attorney general is spinning.

Wednesday’s historic gathering, the largest indoor medical cannabis event inside the Capitol ever, proved that advocates are not giving up. If anything, they are learning what it takes to finish a battle that has now been going on since the 1970’s in our state, and they are well aware of those who are the impediments to patients having legal access to their medicine.

View original posting with pictures, links and video RIGHT HERE.

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January 20, 2010

Jim Miller: Explain marijuana’s use as a medicine

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, January 29, 2010

The Lobby Day and Memorial was a success! Hundreds came to the Memorial for Mary Powers, then lobbied their reps.

Jim Miller had this letter published this morning in the Wisconsin state Journal in response to Tom "Weedman" Meyer.

Jim Miller: Explain marijuana’s use as a medicine

Wisconsin State Journal

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Sunday letter to the editor titled “Legalization could open the door to abuse” stated “Every teenager at odds with parents over the dangers of marijuana is aware of actions to legalize weed” and “The message they’re getting is that weed is safe and parents are wrong — again.”

The writer offers no solution other than to not pass a medical marijuana law in Wisconsin, as if that will keep kids from trying marijuana.

It seems that if there was a correct message for kids about medical marijuana, we should be giving it to them instead of sacrificing seriously ill and dying patients over our perceived inability to do so.

We recently legislated a medical marijuana law here in New Jersey. My late wife, Cheryl Miller, fought for medical marijuana rights until her death in 2003. Cheryl and Wisconsin’s own Jacki Rickert were like sisters.

New Jersey’s legislators rejected this same old smoke screen. They proved that they consider patient care a priority. I would hope that Wisconsin legislators will do the same and pass the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act in her honor rather than her memory.

— Jim Miller, Toms River, N.J.

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IMMLY RELEASE: State Capitol Medical Marijuana Lobby Day and Patient Memorial Wednesday Jan. 20

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The long-awaited Patient Memorial and Lobby Day has finally arrived. All across Wisconsin, patients and supporters are making their way to Madison to talk to their lawmakers about the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act and ask for their vote. Below is IMMLY's press release.

Is My Medicine Legal YET?
www.IMMLY.org & www.JRMMA.org
For immediate release: Wednesday, January 20, 2010

State Capitol Medical Marijuana Lobby Day and Patient Memorial Wednesday Jan. 20

Mary Powers was a warrior. The wheelchair-bound disabled Army veteran spent the last years of her life battling not only cancer, AIDS and Hepatitis C, but also for her dream of legal access for patients like herself to the medicine that worked best for her - cannabis. Mary passed away quietly in her sleep on Oct. 22, her dream unfulfilled.

On Wed. Jan. 20, Mary's family, friends and supporters of Wisconsin's Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act will gather in the first floor rotunda of the State Capitol for a Memorial for Mary and other patients who ran out of time before legislation to protect them could be passed. Appearing at the Memorial will be Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck, Teresa Shepherd and other state advocates. In addition, Singer-songwriter Rick Harris will perform his Jacki Rickert-inspired song, "Legal Medicine Blues" and Members of the Great Lakes Ogichidaa Society will perform a traditional Native American ceremony in Mary's honor. The Memorial will be in the first floor rotunda, from 12pm-1pm. Immediately following, attendees will fan out to their legislators offices from 1pm-3pm.

New polling has found that 81% of Americans including 75% of Republicans now support legalizing medical marijuana. Medical marijuana legislation will be passed one day in Wisconsin, whether it is this session or some future one. What will be gained by continuing to ignore the will of the people? The JRMMA needs to passed in Jacki Rickert's honor, not her memory!

Hopefully those lawmakers who have doubts or who are having trouble finding the courage to support Wisconsinites in pain by saying they will vote for this bill will take note of the people who come to ask them to vote for it Wednesday; chronically ill, dying, vets, seniors, the disabled. Refusal to vote yes for the JRMMA is a slap in the face to numerous Wisconsinites who would benefit greatly.

Just as New Jersey lawmakers of both parties found the courage to pass medical marijuana in their state, so should Wisconsin legislators. To fail to take advantage of this opportunity to provide basic health care would be a serious dereliction of duty for a group seeking voters' favor this fall.

Is My Medicine Legal YET? is a Mondovi and Madison Wisconsin based grass roots patient and caregiver organization dedicated to advancing public education about the medicinal benefits of cannabis. For further information contact Jacki Rickert or Gary Storck at 608.241.8922 or visit the IMMLY websites at www.IMMLY.org and www.JRMMA.org.


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January 18, 2010

Three upcoming Events to Help Pass AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, January 18, 2010

The JRMMA needs your help, and the coming week offers a number of ways to help the JRMMA. There is an URGENT need now for more calls, letters and emails, and office visits! It is up to all of us to motivate ourselves and others to do whatever it takes to change the law and protect patients by passing the JRMMA.

Three upcoming Events to Help Pass AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act

January 16, 2010

Looking for some ways to help out with the medical marijuana bill?

Is My Medicine Legal YET? (IMMLY), Wisconsin NORML and Madison NORML are organizing a lobby day in support of The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act on Wednesday, January 20, from 12-3pm at the WI State Capitol in the first floor rotunda. Those unable to come to Madison are requested to make calls to their legislators and ask others to do so. For more information, or to participate in this event, please visit here. http://www.immly.org/

On Sunday, January 24, from 3-7pm, Madison NORML is hosting a Jacki Rickert MMJ Act Benefit Show at the High Noon Saloon on East Washington Ave. just east of the Capitol. A $4.20 donation gets you in the door and eligible for drawings for cool stuff. Four great Wisconsin artists: Boo Bradley, David Sewell, Jacob Green and Ifdakar will provide the music, Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck, Ben Masel and others will speak, and there will be a NORML merchandise/information table.

On Tuesday, January 26, Gov. Jim Doyle will give his final State of the State address to Wisconsin legislators and the public. The Address will be given in the State Capitol's Assembly Chambers at 7pm on 1/26. Members of Madison NORML and IMMLY plan to have a presence at this event, and they are asking for your help.

Last October, Gov. Doyle publicly voiced his support for SB 368/SB 554: The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=14115736

Please take time today to thank the Governor for his past support, and ask him to urge lawmakers during his State of the State address to move expeditiously in favor of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act.

Tell him: "I believe it is unconscionable to criminalize patients who find therapeutic relief from medical marijuana. I urge you to ask your fellow lawmakers during the State of the State address to support the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act."

You can call or write Gov. Doyle here:

http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/section.asp?linkid=59&locid=19

Thank you for supporting medical cannabis law reform efforts in Wisconsin.

Sincerely, The JRMMA Team

P.S. There is also a Madison NORML meeting Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at the Wil Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St. at 7pm! Please join us!

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January 17, 2010

Published Letter: WI State Journal: Now is time to legalize medical marijuana

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, January 17, 2010

With just three days to go until the Patient Memorial and JRMMA Lobby Day at the WI State Capitol, here is an LTE I penned, published today.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Pubdate: January 17, 2010
Author: Gary Storck

NOW IS TIME TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Regarding a recent editorial, "GOOD NEWS: Headlines we'd like to see in 2010," my suggestion, published a year ago, remains the same: "Governor signs medical marijuana bill, Wisconsin becomes 15th state to protect patients using medicinal cannabis."

The Wisconsin Legislature now has before it AB554 and SB368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, sponsored by Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton and 15 cosponsors.

A combined Assembly and Senate Health Committee hearing in December lasted over eight hours. Only six parties, mostly special interests including the State Medical Society and the Attorney General's office, opposed the bill.

In contrast, over 100 individuals and organizations testified in favor, and more submitted in writing. Testimony came from patients, family members, doctors, nurses, clergy, the Wisconsin Nurses Association, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Hospice Organization and Palliative Experts and the Wisconsin American Civil Liberties Union.

This overwhelming weight of evidence that sends a strong message to state legislators: Pass the Medical Marijuana Act now!

People with serious medical conditions do not usually turn out in droves on cold winter days to share their medical histories with strangers, including hostile lawmakers such as Rep. Leah Vukmir R-Wauwatosa. The doubts of lawmakers and the fear mongering of the opposition must be rejected. This issue has overwhelming popular support, and Wisconsinites will not allow another session to go by without it being addressed.

Gary Storck, Madison,
director of communications,
Is My Medicine Legal YET?

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January 14, 2010

Capitol Memorial and Lobby Day to support WI MMJ bill

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Please attend our Lobby Day and Memorial for Mary Powers and other patients who ran out of time on Wed. Jan. 20, 2010 in the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Capitol Memorial and Lobby Day to support WI MMJ bill

MADISON: Wisconsin medical cannabis supporters, waiting anxiously as two health committees consider AB554/SB368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA), have another opportunity to help. The JRMMA is sponsored by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee).

On Wed. Jan. 20, 2010, Is My Medicine Legal YET?, Jacki Rickert's grassroots advocacy group leading the effort to pass the JRMMA, will be coordinating a two-part event at the Wisconsin State Capitol along with Madison NORML and Wisconsin NORML, as well as other groups.

The first, from 12-1pm in the first floor rotunda (one floor up), is a tribute to the late Mary Powers and other patients who ran out of time as well as a call for a change in legislative spirit as it pertains to compassion, the JRMMA and the Wisconsin way.

Following the ceremony, attendees will visit legislative offices to lobby for the JRMMA. Those who cannot attend in person are strongly urged to participate from afar by organizing local phone slams and enlisting as many supporters as possible to call their State Assemblyperson and State Senator. Look up who represents you here: Who Are My Legislators? Contact Lawmakers directly via the Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472 (M-F 8:15a-4:45p).

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January 09, 2010

Jacki Rickert MMJ Act Benefit: High Noon Saloon Sunday Jan. 24, 2010

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, January 8, 2010

Coming up quickly is this benefit for the JRMMA on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010. We'll also be at the Capitol on Wed. Jan. 20, 2010, for a Memorial for Mary Powers and a JRMMA Lobby Day, and on Tues. Jan. 26, for a vigil outside Gov. Jim Doyle's final State of the State Address, scheduled for 7pm in the Assembly Chambers. We'll be there after 5:30pm. . Gov. Doyle is a supporter of the JRMMA.

Jacki Rickert MMJ Act benefit
Host: Madison NORML
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2010
Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: High Noon Saloon
Street: 701 East Washington Avenue
City/Town: Madison, WI

This Bill, This Time!

Join Madison NORML, WI NORML and IMMLY for a medical cannabis benefit with Boo Bradley, Dave Sewell, Jacob Greene and Ifdakar at the High Noon Saloon!

In addition to Ifdakar headlining the event, Jacob Green from Milwaukee (myspace.com/jacobgreenius) will also be performing his brand of outlaw-folk-rock, as well as some other 'side show' entertainment! Boo Bradley leads off with their great sound!

In addition Madison area musician David Sewell (Willy St. Coop) will play a solo set of acoustic country, bluegrass and delta blues music between Ifdakar and Jacob Greene.

State activists including Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck and others will be speaking during breaks in music.

There will be an informational/vending table for Madison NORML/WI NORML/IMMLY.

Affordable suggested donation for entry.

Full Schedule:
3:15-4:15: Boo Bradley
4:20: 4:20 announcement and a update on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act
4:30-5: David Sewell
5-6: Jacob Greene
6-7: Ifdakar

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January 06, 2010

Published Letter: Capital Times: On medical pot, Lazich should practice what she preaches

Posted by Gary Storck
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My latest letter in the Capital Times. A rersponse to a letter from the Senator published recently.

Source: Capital Times
Pubdate: Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Author: Gary Storck:

ON MEDICAL POT, LAZICH SHOULD PRACTICE WHAT SHE PREACHES

Dear Editor: State Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, concluded a recent letter by stating, "Here's to less taxing and spending in 2010 in Wisconsin with far less fraud, government intervention, and regulation."

I'm confused. At the combined Assembly/Senate health committee hearings on Dec. 15 on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, I heard Lazich propose so much government intervention and regulation as to render the new proposal impotent! Her very attempts to sound reasonable while discussing the bill were fraudulent.

Patients in 13 states now have the choice of medical cannabis among potential treatments for debilitating conditions. Wisconsin does not. Lazich, unlike some other opponents such as Rep. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, stuck around long enough to hear patients describe how medical cannabis has been of immeasurable benefit. She heard patients say over and over how conventional treatments had failed or were too harsh and the side effects too toxic.

Lazich owes it not only to her constituents but also to all Wisconsinites by virtue of her committee post to keep an open mind when considering this issue. She should abstain from voting if unwilling to give the 105 people who registered in support, compared to just six opponents representing special interests, the true weight their support deserves.

This is an election year. The overwhelming majority of Wisconsinites support protecting medical cannabis patients by passing the medical marijuana act intact. Voters should look for less toxic alternatives to politicians like Lazich this fall.

Gary Storck

communications director, Is My Medicine Legal YET?

Madison

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